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Crosscutting in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939)

by Brian Davis

The crosscutting and sound bridges near the end of the action sequence from the ending of John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) is one of the earliest examples of what became a stock device in the war film genre (and action films more broadly). Quite often the endings of war films utilize crosscut editing to represent the two opposing sides (and their respective heroes) as they culminate in the final battle scene, the last showdown. In this sequence, at the last minute the calvary comes to rescue the civilians from the attack by the Indians.

Crosscutting in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939)

The crosscutting and sound bridges near the end of the action sequence from the ending of John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) is one of the earliest examples of what became a stock device in the war film genre.

from Stagecoach (1939)
Creator: John Ford
Posted by Brian Davis
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